In Him We Move

When we note the apparent stillness and stability of the earth, it does not seem surprising that until a relatively recent date men thought of it as the motionless center of the universe, and adjusted their astronomical speculations thereto. Had the earlier star-gazers dared to dream that this gigantic aggregate was whirling around at a surface rate of a thousand miles an hour, while at the same time spinning over the plane of the ecliptic at the rate of a thousand miles a minute, they would probably have been laughed at or stoned for their vagaries. Modern discovery, however, has long since peopled the sky-depths with unnumbered solar centers whose every planet moves in ceaseless flight upon its appointed way, while suns and systems speed in majestic silence through the vast corridors of space.

Astounding as the movements of the heavenly bodies may seem, however, the sense of the universality of motion is yet more stimulated by the recent discovery of physical scientists who are studying molecular phenomena. These have reached the conclusion that, instead of being an infinitesimal particle of matter, the atom is an aggregation of hundreds of force-centers or corpuscles, respecting which they declare that the enormously energetic vibrations of molecules, which range among the billions per second and which we know as heat and light, are "rest and quiet" in comparison with the far more vigorous and rapid movements of these force centers! (v. "Radium Explained," by Dr. W. Hempson.)

According to Prof. Carl Pearson, the only answer that physical scientists can give to the question, Why this motion of the elements? is this, Ignoramus! (Grammar of Science, pp. 275, 276.) Motion of any kind is inexplicable to those who accept the self-limiting philosophy of materialism, and the problem remains inscrutable until through Christian Science we are led to see that infinite Mind and its activities include and express all being. This perception supplies the only possible explanation of the wondrous facts which are ever breaking through the veil of material sense to startle and inspire awakening thought. As we come to understand that every least idea of Mind but reflects the divine wisdom and might, the heart is moved with a great sense of humility and awe, and with bowed heads we exclaim, Who is so great a God as is He who plans and performs every activity in all the expanse of being!

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Letters to our Leader
September 9, 1905

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